The sacrifices made by the class of 2020 and their families were matched by the sacrifices made by many dedicated and selfless educators. Educators who had to innovate, and find new ways of educating – and to do so without adequate resources and training. A number of these educators have made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives to give the class of 2020 a future. Our celebrations will be tempered by remembering these heroes. However, we cannot just remember, we have to change the system to make it more able to adapt. This needs radical legislative reform and the ACDP commits itself to work towards this. We cannot again afford to pay the price in lives that we have this year to secure an education for our learners.
In light of the serious health emergency and its impact on hospitals, it would be advisable to keep schools closed for the next two weeks.
The ACDP wants to state however that all schools should not be treated the same. School Governing Bodies (SGBs) and communities should determine school readiness. There should be a differentiated approach in the reopening of schools and not a one size fits all approach.
We only have 5 weeks left to STOP the Implementation of CSE in our public schools! The ACDP is on record for opposing this dangerous curriculum since 2002 when the DBE introduced Curriculum 2005.
CSE is currently being imposed on South Africa’s public schooling system by the Department of Basic Education – despite overwhelming public opposition. CSE takes an ideological “sexual rights” approach to sexuality education – thereby driving a wedge between parents and their children.
Jesse to me, as a woman of color, is a reminder of the fruits of democracy and the new dawn. She was everything women in this country dream for their daughters to become. She studied at the University of the Western Cape in the field of her passion, Theology. She was a fresh faced young woman who at the age of 19, had enough boldness to stand very pretty, but confident in a pulpit. She wanted to live her faith out in a bold manner. When I asked her aunt Sandra Hess, what Jesse”s dream was she without hesitation said: Jesse wanted to live for God! How prophetic that her name means: God exist!
The ACDP, with the utmost urgency, calls on the sixth Parliament to act in the best interest of our children by signing off on the National Plan of Action for Children.